Production of GM Maize "frozen" in Panama

Growers will have to wait for the next harvest due to there not having been a pronunciation by the Ministry of Health regarding human consumption of the product.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Although the planting and harvesting of this product for animal consumption has been authorized by the Ministry of Agricultural Development, health authorities have not pronounced on it, leaving 25 producers waiting to see if they can start planting 2,400 acres of the genetically modified grain.

"... The Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA) has fulfilled its responsibilities and given permission for planting and harvesting this product for animal consumption, but authorities at the MoH have never ruled on the issue of human consumption," said the president of the Sectorial Committee on Agricultural Biosafety, Ivette Vargas.

"The leader of the Corn Producers Association, Valentin Dominguez blamed this situation on a local law firm and environmental groups who sent a note to the Embassy of the United States (U.S.)".

The U.S. embassy asked the MIDA to conduct tests in humans and animals, which Dominguez believes has no justification, "when we have been eating beef, chicken and pork, fed with GM soy and corn for a lifetime."



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Until now, Guatemala could only import food that was the product of crops with modified seeds.

Monsanto Seeks Entry Into Panama

May 2015

The company which produces and sells genetically modified seed has presented the Panamanian government with a formal request to market their products in the country.

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Panama: Zero Tariffs for Maize Imports

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In return assurances have been given on the purchase from local producers of more than 500 million quintals of coffee.

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GM Crops Grown In Costa Rica Since 1991

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In Costa Rica genetically modified crops have been planted since 1991, when the national company Los Gansos S. A. applied for permits to import and plant genetically modified soy.

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